The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU) will hold training Aug. 23 for those wishing to become certified Pork Quality Assurance Plus advisors. The certification process requires attendance at a daylong training session and passing an exam at the conclusion of the session.
James McKean, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating the training to be held in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the ISU campus. He said the session will be taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers.
To be eligible to submit an application, people must meet the following qualifications:
1. Be a veterinarian, extension specialist or ag educator (defined for this program as a person who spends full time in adult education or at least half time in production training)
2. Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science or an equivalent combination of education and swine production experience as determined by the PQA Plus trainer reviewing the application
3. Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.
McKean said those who qualify and are interested in the program should download, complete and submit the two-page application form available online. The form also is available by fax by calling Sunny Hsu at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.
“If you’re interested in attending, please let us know by submitting an application as soon as possible," McKean said. The application deadline is Aug. 9 with the $75 due from approved applicants by the certification session.